Depression is not a normal phase of development, and it isn’t a necessary stage toward adulthood.

Depression and other mood disorders are common in teens ages 13 – 19, and some symptoms can include irritability, rebellion, and anger. Adolescent mood disorders, such as depression, can cause academic, social and physical difficulties and should not go untreated or ignored.

Often depression in teens goes unnoticed because there is a common assumption that emotional instability among teens is ‘just a phase’ or ‘normal youthful rebellion’. There is no doubt that normal growing hormonal changes affects all of us. However, please review the symptoms checklist and consult with your health care provider if you feel that the teen you know has the symptoms for more than 2 weeks. There is help, and there is hope. Untreated, depression can escalate in adulthood and result in other difficulties.

Symptoms of adolescent depression include

  • Irritability
  • Defiance
  • Lack of interest in school
  • Low self esteem
  • Lost ability to enjoy activities
  • Change of eating and sleeping habits
  • Constant fatigue
  • Stealing
  • Fighting
  • Trouble with the law.

At this stage, some may turn to drugs and alcohol to calm their minds and the constant stream of negative thoughts. In this condition addictions can become very common.

While hormones and moods do change as a child becomes an adult, if the checklist of symptoms is persistent, it is in the best interest of the teen and family to seek treatment and advice.

Remember that you are important. Your life counts, and you can make a difference in this world. If you ever need to talk about this or anything else, feel free to get in touch with us. We’re here for you.